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Allen e-notes Newsletter
  October 2011

Latest Allen News:
Lufkin, Texas

Installation of the
Month: Ontario, Canada

Allen Video on the Web:
Rare 5 Manual Tested

Free MP3 Music
Downloads: Saint-Saëns

Dear e-notes readers:

I am pleased to say that this issue of e-notes really takes the cake! When you read the first article you'll see what I mean. But, the frosting, in my opinion, is the opportunity to see a video of a very special theatre organ in Final Test at the Allen factory. We've only built a handful of TO-5's and you'll enjoy the chance to see this one before it leaves our "nursery".

Here in Pennsylvania, the changing leaves promise to make October glorious (if it ever stops raining). I hope your month is a good one, too. Remember to brush up on the Bach D minor Toccata and Fugue to entertain the Trick-or-Treaters when they get to your house. And, if you don't have an organ in your home to play that piece on, we'd be happy to suggest someone in your area that can provide one!

Barry Holben
Vice President, Sales
Allen Organ Company

to Allen web-site

Latest News From Allen

To have their Cake and Play it too!

Two Allen Quantum 350 organs debuted at the installation celebration at First Christian Church in Lufkin TX. The first organ satisfied the ears and hearts of the congregation while the baked version did the same for the appetite. Standing almost 3 feet high, the latter was unveiled and ingested just minutes after the former was joyfully played by an ecumenical cross-section of organists from First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church and a student from Stephen F. Austin State University in Lufkin, TX.

Commenting on the organ's versatility, Belinda Teer, Music Director at First Christian Church said, "Times are changing... this (organ) can sound like a string quartet, a grand piano or percussion. The possibilities are endless." Learn more about this congregation's vision for musical diversity in the article below published by the Lufkin Daily News:

Belinda Teer, Music Director with the baked version of their Allen Quantum 350 organ.

Allen Q350 Cake Organ

• All natural Yellow cake batter
• Homemade 70% cocoa Icing
• Quality Ivory-colored fondant keys
• Hand crafted licorice expression pedals
• French dragee toe studs

Michelle Schwartz, college student & church organist plays the real Allen Quantum 350 organ.

Allen Q350 Digital Organ

• Hand-crafted Cathedral Overlays
• Touch-Sensitive Keys
• Felted Keys
• Ivora Naturals & Wood Sharps
• Mechanical Stop Action Pistons
"First Christian Church hopes for heavenly music with new organ" by Melissa Crager

"About two-and-a-half years ago, things started going wrong," Teer said. "The presets on the organ went out and you never knew what was going to happen. One Sunday morning we were sitting there and smoke started coming out of the back of it. A gentleman from Dallas would come and repair it. We could limp along with what we had, but we got to thinking, 'How much are we putting into the old technology?"


Allen Installation of the Month

Holy Cross Parish in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada
Now one of the most acoustically significant churches in the Ottawa Valley.

Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kemptville, an eastern Ontario town south of Ottawa, had a new Allen organ installed this summer. The Allen Quantum™ Q300 organ is a 38-stop, three-manual mechanical drawknob instrument. While this organ is a sophisticated modern instrument it also adheres to the traditions of pipe organ sound and classical organ building. Holy Cross church has recently completed an artistic and structural renovation making it one of the most beautiful and acoustically significant churches in the Ottawa Valley. Gordon Mansell, president of Glionna Mansell Corporation, the Ontario dealer for the world's most respected organ builder, states: "We are proud to have won this opportunity to showcase an Allen organ in such beautiful surroundings. The sound that the Q300 produces in this spiritual space is supportive, awe-inspiring and exceedingly musical."

This Quantum™ organ is well suited for supporting a congregation in their singing of traditional hymns. Moreover, with its integrated Vista MIDI™ sound module and sequencer, the organ may also support and lead contemporary liturgy. This is a musically dynamic instrument that offers an organist a tonal palette of six styles of organs, including: American Classic, Cavaillé-Coll (French Symphonic), Arp Schnitger (18th century North German), Schlicker (20th century neo-Baroque), English Cathedral and Orchestral. Each suite is voiced to the acoustics of the church but have the distinct tonal character of a variety of historical approaches to organ building. Mansell suggests: "...it is like having six organs in one! Together with its eight easily changeable historical tunings, the organist can authentically perform organ literature that spans six hundred years or more."

There have been well over 500 installations of Allen organs throughout Ontario, many still serving their original purpose after 40-years. Allen organs have earned a reputation province-wide that matches the respect and leadership the company enjoys on every continent across the globe. Quality, service and longevity continue to be Allen hallmarks 72 years after its 1937 inception and 40 years after Allen's introduction of the first digital organ.

Visit the link below for Vista Navigator videos found under the Demo Clips tab:


Hear and see
Allen instruments
in all their glory!
Allen video on the Web - Production

Rare 5 Manual Theatre Organ (TO-5) in Final Testing
Allen Organ Company's Final Test department is where "life is breathed" into our instruments! And Allen's latest creation is a rare 5-manual Theatre Organ (7 manuals when considering the two, 2nd Touch manuals that have secondary pressure levels for alternate voices)! This "Magnum Opus" of theatre organs is sporting over 400 sound controls when counting all the stop tabs and pistons. It's 28 audio channels are painstakingly balanced to perfectly mix the complexity of sound frequencies resulting in the best possible voicing for the instrument's final desination.

Watch as Allen's tonal director, Randy Miller, describes the final testing of a TO-5.

Hear and see
Allen instruments
in all their glory!
Allen video on the Web - Historical

40 Years of Digital Music in Scotland
Submitted by Alan Mathew, FGMS, FSCO, Organist/Choirmaster at Williamwood Parish Church of Scotland, in Glasgow (UK).

The Williamwood church was built in 1937 and is a fine example of mid-1930s church architecture. Built in red brick with a short belltower, the original and somewhat austere interior has been upgraded and enriched.

The Allen System 600 digital organ at the Church was built and shipped in 1971 and installed in the spring of 1972. It was the first digital organ installed in Scotland and was given its inaugural recital by a young Stephen Hicks, who was already an organist of international repute. Stephen demonstrated the same model on Tomorrow's World on the BBC in the autumn of 1971, as the new age of digital music technology was introduced to the world.

Watch Alan Mathew play this 40-year-old technological wonder:

See the Allen System 600 original stoplist, read Steven
Hicks bio, and other interesting historical tid-bits here:

Hear Allen organs
being played by
great organists!

Free Downloads

Nothing tells the Allen story better than the sound of our instruments. Next to hearing one in person, recordings are the best thing. In each e-notes we will feature a few selections that demonstrate the pipe-like quality of our digital organs in a wide variety of musical styles. Enjoy!

To Download: right click on the song title, then click "Save As".

Classical Selection Fourth Movement, Symphony No. 3, with Organ, Bekende Werken
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
From: "Allen Works, Bekende Werken, Uitgevoerd met het Allen Orgel"

Religious Selection Great is the Lord, Allen Staff Organist
Hymn Tune
From: "The Sound of Quantum"

Theatre Selection Selections from the Sound of Music, T. Hazelton
Composer: Richard Rodgers
From: "Just a Bird's Eye View"

Click below to visit the music download page:

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Organ of the Month
Organ of the Month

Vote early! Vote often!

Organ of the Month has become a very popular feature of e-notes and some readers have expressed frustration at only being able place one vote for Organ of the Month from their computer. If you promise not to tell our pollsters, here's a little trick for "stuffing the ballot box": Forward your copy of e-notes to friends and ask them to each vote for your favorite Organ of the Week. Remember, this is our little secret!

August's organ of the month winner was the Allen Quantum™ Two-Tone Walnut and Oak Finish Four-Manual.

Click the link below to visit the allenorgan.com site for photos and more!

Choose your favorite from the list below. In the next issue of e-notes, we will let you know which one of these beauties was the readers' choice for Organ of the Month!

For October 2011 the contestants are:
• Quantum™ Pipe/Digital Combination
   Two-Tone Walnut and Curley Maple Three-Manual
• Quantum™ Walnut Three-Manual
• Quantum™ Q311-T Theatre Walnut Three-Manual
• Quantum™ White Ash Two-Manual

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